Max Keyboard (Tesoro) Durandal G1N & Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mechanical Keyboard Review
Gaming Keyboard Fit for Battle
Not too long ago, we reviewed the Nighthawk X8 and the Nighthawk X9, which were a couple very impressive mechanical keyboards from a relatively unknown company at the time, Max Keyboard. Since our inaugural review, we’ve been following the company very closely, and when they recently told us that they wanted to introduce a couple new mechanical keyboards, the Durandal G1N and the Durandal G1NL, we were definitely ready to check them out.
As many of you know, Max Keyboard’s original offerings, the Nighthawk series, were pretty high end mechanical keyboards. Priced at near $150, the keyboards offered tons of high end features such as audio/mic jacks, full speed USB 2.0 ports, Cherry MX Brown or Red mechanical switches, full LED backlighting, and more. While this is great for those looking to drop money on the best mechanical keyboard money can buy, those who don’t need some of the extra features offered didn’t really have a choice since there wasn’t really a more “entry level” keyboard.
So, today we’ll be taking a look at both the Durandal G1N and the Durandal Ultimate G1NL. The Durandal G1N is the more “entry level” mechanical keyboard of the two new offerings. It showcases Cherry MX Brown keyswitches, 6KRO over USB, full NKRO over PS/2, a heavy braided cable and the gold plated connectors. Other than that, there’s not much else. It’s a very simple, very basic keyboard that doesn’t include all the bells and whistles of the G1NL aka Durandal Ultimate, but doesn’t carry that high pricetag either.
The Durandal Ultimate G1NL on the other hand is similar to its cousin, the Nighthawk. It comes comes packed full of all the premium features you’d ever find on a premium keyboard such as full N-key roll over USB, full individually backlit red LEDs under each key, Cherry MX Brown switches, 2 USB 2.0 ports, mic/audio jacks, braided cables, gold plated connectors, a detachable wrist rest, and more.
So before we start the review, many of you are probably asking, what the heck is Durandal? Well, aside from it being the keyboard I’m about to review, Durandal actually also refers to the legendary sword which belonged to Charlemagne’s paladin, Roland. Legend reveals that this sword was indestructible and was Roland’s tool of choice in holding back a one hundred thousand strong Muslim army. Cute name… Let’s find out if the keyboard lives up to it!